No one really likes getting up close and personal with a mosquito.
Except when it's under an electron microscope.
Imaged using an FEI Quanta microscope, this frontal view has a real-life width of just 284µm. Under 450x magnification, this bug truly looks like an alien creature.
The image seems almost like a computer rendering, but it's not. In fact there's a good reason for the odd look.
The description, from the original posting:
Frontal view to the compound eyes of a mosquito. The surface of each single eye has a rough appearance which gives them a violet shimmer in real life. Between and above the eyes fine scales, similar to the ones at butterflies can be seen.
Mosquitoes can transmit a wide variety of diseases, and estimates suggest that over 800,000 people die every year from malaria.
The Full-Size Image (From FEI via Oliver Meckes):
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